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Christmas in Devon 2021 – brilliant festive family events

Christmas in Devon 2021 – brilliant festive family events

The Christmas count down is on! I may be biased but Christmas in Devon is wonderful and I’m so excited for this one, especially after so much had be cancelled last year. So, in preparation for this festive season, I’ve pulled together what I think is a pretty comprehensive guide to what’s on in Devon in December 2021. It includes Christmas events at attractions, festive shows, lights, where to meet Santa in Devon and who is running The Polar Express™.

UPDATE: events in 2021 could be subject to change. Always check with organisers and venues before you travel and adhere to the latest government guidelines.

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Christmas in Devon: the ultimate guide for families

Grab your Santa hats and prepare your waistline for mince pies aplenty as Devon gets set for Christmas.

Below you’ll discover everything there is currently to know about:

  • where to meet Santa in Devon
  • Devon Christmas markets
  • shows and pantomimes
  • winter trails
  • Santa steam trains and the Polar Express in Devon
  • Christmas lights and illuminations
  • what’s on at National Trust houses
  • and oodles of festive cheer.

You might also like to take some Christmas present inspiration from my Devon gift guide. And here’s a very Devon stocking filler!

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Christmas shows and pantomimes in Devon

Magic lamp of wishes with smoke coming out from the lamp

Here are the Christmas shows and pantomimes happening in Devon in 2021:

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

Nutcracker! provides family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy.

Follow Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, The Theatre Royal Plymouth, 15 to 20 November 2021.

Rhia & The Tree of Lights at Exeter Phoenix and The Plought Arts Centre

Actor playing the role of Rhia holding a fossil
Credit: Quirk Theatre

This December Quirk Theatre present magical alternative to panto and a festive treat for the whole family – Rhia & The Tree of Lights.

Set on the magnificent Jurassic Coast, this show follows the story of a young British Indian girl preparing for her first Diwali without her Grandma. But when she discovers a mysterious riddle in a dusty case, Rhia and her friends set off on a thrilling adventure to find something that’s been missing for a very, very long time… 

Featuring vibrant original music, ancient Indian tales, fossils, dinosaurs, jaw-dropping local wildlife and Quirk’s trademark sense of the ridiculous. A heartwarming show for all ages, celebrating friendship, nature, and the place we call home. 

Quirk is partnering with The Jurassic Coast Trust, a charity who protect and celebrate the outstanding universal value of the Jurassic Coast. Jurassic Coast Trust ensures the unique and outstandingly beautiful natural spaces it offers are there for children to play in and discover for generations to come. 

This show has been produced with funding from Arts Council England and with support from Jurassic Coast Trust.

Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 4 December 2021

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 19 to 28 December 2021

White Christmas the Musical at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

This spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is coming to Plymouth direct from the West End.

This timeless romantic comedy will warm the hearts of all ages with classic songs Blue SkiesSisters, and the most famous festive song of all White Christmas.

White Christmas the Musical, The Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 7 to 11 December 2021.

Christmas Mouse at The Soapbox Theatre, Plymouth – SOLD OUT

Christmas Mouse is an enchanting, heart-warming tale for under fives, about the mouse who sets out in search of a new home and makes some unusual friends along the way.

Expect snowy scenes, colourful characters and enthralling puppets in the Soapbox Theatre’s auditorium.

Christmas Mouse, The Soapbox Theatre, Devonport Park, selected dates from 8 to 24 December 2021.

The Magic Lantern and the Story Thief at The Soapbox Theatre, Plymouth

Join The Soapbox Children’s Theatre in Devonport Park for this outdoor festive performance.

Stiltskin create a rich tapestry of light and dark, where people’s stories are brought to life by the light of the magic lantern – whilst the story thief waits in the shadows, looking for a story of her own.

This show is full of fun and wonderful surprises for all the family from the age of four to 94.

The Magic Lantern and the Story Thief, The Soapbox Theatre, Devonport Park, selected dates 11 to 24 December 2021

Aladdin at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

Tickets are on sale now!

Aladdin The Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 17 December 2021 to 3 January 2022.

Cinderella at Queens Theatre Barnstaple

From the team that brought you Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, the much loved classic rags to riches fairytale, Cinderella, bursts to life with heaps of audience participation

Expect spectacular costumes, dazzling sets and enchanting special effects. Cinderella is guaranteed to be an unforgettable pantomime experience.

So polish your pumpkins, dust off your gowns, grab your glass slippers and head to the ball of the year for the ultimate pantomime.

Cinderella, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, 10 to 31 December 2021.

Jack and the Beanstalk at The Palace Theatre

Jack’s back to deliver another fabulous pantomime at the Palace Theatre, Paignton in 2021. Jack’s task is to scale the beanstalk and rescue the Princess from the scary giant with the help or hindrance of the usual pantomime characters both good and bad.

Will he succeed? A professional script, five professional musicians, dazzling costumes, wonderful dancing and humour brought to you by the best of local talent and a few surprises.

Jack and the Beanstalk, The Palace Theatre, Paignton, 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

The Magic of Christmas at The Palace Theatre

Torbay’s ultimate Christmas show is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. With singing, dancing and laughs all round, this show will take you on a sleigh ride through classic, pop and rock Christmas hits to fill you full of festive cheer.

Sit back and enjoy beautiful harmony, toe-tapping routines and sketches that will have you laughing to the North Pole and back.

The Magic of Christmas, The Palace Theatre, Paignton, 1 to 3 December 2021.

Where to meet Santa in Devon 2021

Two children holding presents next to waving Santa at Pennywell Farm

If Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Santa’s grotto, then here’s where to find Father Christmas in Devon in 2021.

Top tip: also see the Christmas events happening at Devon attractions below. Santa is bound to make an appearance!

Lanterns, Lights and Luminations in Brixham

This popular event in South Devon returns in 2021 with a magical lantern parade, a firework display, live music, street entertainment, and a market.

Market stalls and entertainment start at 10am, the lantern parade takes place at 5pm, followed at 6pm by the Christmas light switch on, arrival of Santa and fireworks.

This event is free to attend.

Lanterns, Lights and Luminations, Brixham Habour, 27 November 2021.

Santa’s Workshop at Hoburne Devon Bay

Child receiving Elf Diploma certificate from Santa and Elf

Join Santa and his head elf in their workshop at the Hoburne Devon Bay hoilday park in Paignton. This 30-45 minute interactive Christmas experience is open to guests at the park and families who want to pop in.

Help Santa create a Christmas bear full of cuddles that will bring the love and spirit of Christmas back to the workshop. Children will receive their very own elf diploma and have a group meet and greet with Santa.

The workshops take place on weekends in the run up to Christmas. Places must be booked in advance and cost £14.95 per child. This activity is recommended for children aged three to eight years.

Read more about our visit to Santa’s Workshop on my Facebook page.

Hoburne Devon Bay, Paignton, selected dates 4 to 19 December 2021.

The Big Breakfast with Father Christmas at Ullacombe Farm Cafe – SOLD OUT

Get together with family and friends around the breakfast table at Ullacombe Farm Cafe. There will be huge servings breakfast and unlimited amounts of hot and cold drinks.

Each table will have their own waffle/pancake station and children will have a treat to take home, as well as some time with Father Christmas and his elf.

Advance booking is essential.

The Big Breakfast, Ullacombe Farmshop, Bovey Tracey, 20 to 24 December 2021.

Santa’s Grotto at The House of Marbles – SOLD OUT

Take your child on a magical trip through the House of Marbles’ festive winter wonderland where Santa and his Elves will be waiting to greet you into his cosy Grotto. 

Share your Christmas wishes and receive a lovely gift and goody bag, filled with seasonal treats to enjoy. 

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite for timed sessions between 9.30am and 3pm.

Santa at the House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey, weekends from 10 November to Christmas, plus 20 to 22 December.

Santa’s Grotto at Boringdon Hall SOLD OUT

Santa will be visiting Boringdon Hall on three dates in the run up to Christmas. As well as the grotto this experience includes a festive afternoon tea and Christmas activities for the whole family.

Meet Santa at Boringdon Hall on Sunday 5, 12 and 19 December 2021. Book in advance.

Santa’s Grotto at Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, selected dates in December 2021.

Meet Santa at Heron Valley – SOLD OUT

See Father Christmas in the Heron Valley Christmas Barn in December. Booking is advised.

Santa’s grotto will be open on Friday 3, 10 and 17 December as well as Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 December.

Christmas Barn at Heron Valley, Kingsbridge, selected dates in December 2021.

Santa’s Grotto at Just Imagine Play Cafe

Mrs Claus will be running the grotto at Just Imagine Play Cafe in Plymouth this year. Every child will receive a present from the North Pole and there will be a professional photographer to capture the special moment.

Just Imagine, Plymouth, 4 December 2021.

Sail with Santa and Stuart Line Cruises – SOLD OUT

Meet Santa on the River Exe this Christmas by hopping onboard a Stuart Line Cruises.

There will be magic and balloon modelling at guests’ tables as well as all the usual festive fun on this very special grotto ride. For adults there will be commentary about the river, mulled wine and mince pies.

Sail with Santa, Exmouth, selected dates between 4 December and 23 December 2021. Book online.

Santa’s Grotto at Bow Garden Centre – SOLD OUT

Santa visits over the weekends in the run up to Christmas so children can meet him in his grotto and take part in a craft activities and treasure trails, as well as receiving a gift to take away. Booking in advance is essential.

Visit Santa, Bow Garden Centre, Crediton, starting the weekend of 28 and 29 November, 2021.

Christmas festivals and winter wonderlands in Devon

These events are a bit more than a Christmas market with other attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Illuminations and market at Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth

Connaught Gardens illuminations

Visit Connaught Gardens in the coastal town of Sidmouth this December for an illuminating Christmas experience.

There will be an illuminated trail through the gardens high on the clifftops and an undercover Christmas food and craft village. Here you’ll be tempted by delicious food, mouth-watering drinks and an array of crafty Christmas gift ideas from high quality local makers.

The illuminated gardens are a ticketed event, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. The Food & Craft Village is non-ticketed so anyone can visit and appreciate the festive atmosphere.

Connaught at Christmas, Sidmouth, 7 to 12 December, 2021.

Exeter Winter Wonderland

Set in the heart of the city centre, the new for 2021 Exeter Winter Wonderland is billed as a magical day out for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be an ice rink and Santa’s grotto as well as rides and locally-sourced festive refreshments.

The Winter Wonderland is free entry, with tickets available to purchase for the ice rink and Santa’s Grotto.

Exeter Winter Wonderland, Northernhey Gardens, 17 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Christmas Village North Devon

With a real-ice rink, Santas Grotto experience and Christmas Market Village, Christmas Village North Devon is set to be a popular spot this winter. 

The large, covered ice rink will have adult and toddler sessions daily during term time where skating aids and pushchairs will be welcome on the ice. You may even catch sight of Santa or some of your favourite characters from children’s TV on these sessions which are a bargain at £11 for one adult and child under five (additional adult tickets can be purchased).

In the Santa experience where you can make reindeer food, a decoration and write a letter to Santa on your way to his grotto where children will receive a present. Adults can join their children for free but won’t receive a present. Children’s tickets are £10 and the experience lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. 

Enjoy local food and drink whilst picking up some locally made presents for the family.

Christmas Village North Devon, Tarka Tennis, Barnstaple, 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Exmouth Winter Festival

This is a free family event suitable for all ages. Join us for live choirs, walk-about performers and the annual children’s lantern parade.

The event begins at 4pm with local choirs and musicians performing on a temporary stage in the Strand. They will be accompanied by festive walk-about performers including roller-skating presents, light up hula hoopers and larger than life animals.

The children’s lantern parade will set off at 5.30pm and lead the way to the Christmas tree light switch on at 6pm.

Exmouth Winter Festival, 4 December, 2021.

Polar Express and Santa trains in Devon

Here’s the Christmas trains coming to Devon for Christmas in 2021:

The Polar Express™ at South Devon Railway – SOLD OUT

All aboard The Polar Express for a magical ride to the North Pole with South Devon Railway.

Join the Conductor and his crew as they recreate scenes from the film in the carriages as you journey between Buckfastleigh and Totnes before visiting Santa’s workshop.

The Polar Express, South Devon Railway, Paignton, selected dates from 20 November to 23 December 2021.

Train of Lights at Dartmouth Steam Railway

Children looking out of Train. of Lights carriage window at a view of Dartmouth

This magical illuminated journey through the South Devon countryside is a special Christmas treat that all ages will enjoy.

Board the vintage train carriages decked with thousands of fairy lights at Paignton and take a round trip to Kingswear. Along the way there will be a festive show at Churston Station and plenty of sparkle along the track.

Santa will also be onboard for extra special Christmas services between 16 and 23 December.

Read about our Train of Lights experience.

Train of Lights, Dartmouth Steam Railway, Paignton, 24 November to 30 December 2021 (excluding 24-26 December).

The Polar Express™ at Seaton Tramway

The Polar Express is coming to Seaton Tramway in Devon this Christmas! Board this the magical tram ride to Santa’s home at the North Pole in one of the specially decorated single deck tramcars. There will be hot chocolate, a delicious treat and a chance to speak to Santa while you admire the awesome lights of the North Pole.

Children will also receive a gift from Santa.

The Polar Express, Seaton Tramway, Seaton, 26 November to 24 December 2021.

Christmas events at Devon attractions

Devon’s attractions put on a great show at Christmas with special events and displays during the festive season.

Here’s where you can expect to find events when they are announced and some announcements that have already been made about what’s on in Devon this December:

Follow the Glow at The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey looking out of stable door

There’s a festive trail telling the stories from around the world at The Donkey Sanctuary in the run up to Christmas.

Follow ‘The Glow’ and find nine Christmas clues. This magical activity combines festive family fun, exercise and brainpower and is just £5 per trail, including a Christmas gift on completion. 

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, 5 November 2021 to 6 January 2022.

Christmas activities at The Box in Plymouth

Each weekend in the run up to Christmas there are festive family workshops on at The Box in Plymouth. Craft presents, level-up your gift wrapping or design decorations for your Christmas tree.

These sessions cost £10 for the first child and £8 for each additional child. Accompanying adults go free.

Once you have finished your workshop you can wander around the museum for free.

One 19 December there’s also the chance to wave off Father Christmas before he returns to the North Pole. You can then explore The Box’s galleries out of hours. Enjoy some acoustic music and Christmas crafts for all to enjoy – plus tasty treats at The Box Kitchen & Bar too. This activity costs £5 per person. Book in advance.

Find out more about visiting The Box with kids

The Box, Plymouth, selected dates from 27 November to 19 December 2021.

Meet Santa at Paignton Zoo – SOLD OUT

Santa will be taking time out from his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence in his magical grotto at Paignton Zoo for more days than ever before.

You can also join Santa’s elves and make magical reindeer food to take home and use on Christmas Eve and enjoy story time with Mrs Claus.

For an extra charge of £12 per child they will be able to meet Santa and take home a special gift. He can see up to six children at once and each family or group will have their own personal experience with Santa.

It is essential that you pre-book your visit to see Santa in addition to your zoo admission ticket.

There’s no extra charge for making reindeer food making and the story time activities.

Paignton Zoo, Paignton, selected dates from 4 to 24 December 2021

Christmas grotto at Woodlands

Santa sat on throne checking his list

Woodlands Family Theme Park near Dartmouth as announced the return of its Christmas grotto, which we think is the best grotto experience in Devon.

This is an intimate family experience that you start by walking though 10 interactive rooms. You are guided by Santa’s elves who point out all the fun details. You then get a private audience with Santa. You can take your own photos or buy a souvenir picture.

Each child receives an age appropriate present, reindeer food and a sweet treat. Adults get a non-alcoholic festive drink. Your ticket price also includes entry to the rest of the park if you do not already hold a season ticket.

Ticket prices are set out on the Woodlands website.

Woodlands, Dartmouth, weekends from 27 November to 12 December and daily from 18 to 23 December 2021.

Here’s a video I made after our last visit in 2018 – we were invited to a preview for my other website, Tin Box Traveller:

Christmas at Woolly Animals

Woolly Animal park near Winkleigh will be celebrating Christmas in style with a decorated barn, festive animal handling & feeding, a market and free tea/coffee for visitors.

This is a super good value experience just £3.50 per person – and it doesn’t need to be booked.  

Christmas at Woolly Animals, Winkleigh, selected dates from 4 December until 22 December 2021.

Christmas Nights at Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Christmas Zoo Nights are back by popular demand and will be bigger and brighter than ever before!

This year, you can enjoy all of Dartmoor Zoo’s animals during the day from 2pm with the Christmas lights day and night ticket, before exploring the enchanting trail around the Zoo after dusk. The zoo is also offering a discounted evening only admission ticket if you would prefer to just go for an illuminating adventure between 5.30pm and 8pm.

Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.

Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkford, selected dates from 10 to 23 December 2021.

Christmas experience at Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre

The Miniature Pony Centre is opening its doors for its first ever Christmas events this year.

Coming along for the centre’s most popular activities, including meeting horses, ponies and donkeys. Plus there will be a choir and Christmas stalls filled with lovely local and artisan produce. Father Christmas will also be visiting.

Book your tickets in advance.

Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre, Newton Abbot, 11 and 12 December and 18 and 19 December, 2021

Christmas parties at Adrenalin Leisure in Plymouth

Book your little ones in for two hours of non-stop Christmas madness with Santa, music, inflatables and plenty of fun at Adrenalin in Plymouth on 16 December.

For bigger kids (aged 5+) there’s even more fun on 18 December when Adrenaline will host a snowball fight and disco.

Book your tickets in advance.

Adrenaline Leisure, Plymouth, 16 and 18 December 2021

Santa’s grotto at Shaldon Zoo

Poster for Christmas grotto at Shaldon Zoo

Santa will be hanging out with his friends at Shaldon Zoo this December. Go along and meet him his grotto on 18 and 19 December.

Entrance to the grotto costs £5 per child on top of their zoo entrance ticket. Book online to avoid disappointment.

Shaldon Zoo, Shaldon near Teignmouth, 18 to 19 December 2021.

Santa’s grotto at Kents Cavern SOLD OUT

For one year only, Kents Cavern is introducing a new Santa’s Grotto experience in the caves.

There will be an The Elf Workshop where you can make a Christmas decoration for Santa’s tree in the cave and write him a letter. Each family will then have a private audience with the big man. Good children will also receive a gift.

Kents Cavern, Torquay, 18 to 24 December 2021

Christmas Wonderland Illuminations at Babbacombe Model Village

Enter a magical miniature wonderland of festive lights at Babbacombe Model Village this Christmas.

The lights will be turned on between 4pm and 7pm from 18 to 31 December, excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay, 18 to 31 December 2021

Christmas at Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle illuminated with rainbow lights

Powderham Castle’s light walk returns this Christmas along with extra indoor festive displays.

This year the castle doors will be thrown open to visitors so they can explore the decorated state rooms and experience a Victorian Christmas below stairs.

The light walk has grown and will extend over a mile from the panoramic deer park views to the secret garden through the enchanted woodlands.

The light maze also makes a return, bigger than ever, and alongside winter garden games. Plus, there will be music, delicious food and warming mulled wine and cider bars. 

This was a sell out event in 2020, so get your tickets quick!

Christmas at the Castle, Powderham Castle, near Exeter, 29 November to 31 December 2021.

Glow at RHS Rosemoor

This magical light trail through the gardens at RHS Rosemoor near Torrington, North Devon, will have its longest ever route with striking new light features.

As well as the light trail there will be festive refreshments and plenty of gift ideas in the garden centre.

Book tickets to see the lights from 4.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 18 November to 18 December and at the same times Monday to Thursday from 20 December to 30 December.

RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, 18 November to 30 December 2021.

Clovelly Christmas Lights

Head to Clovelly from 3.30pm on 28 November 2021 to see the Christmas Lights switched on. The local brass band will procession down to the harbour where there will be carols, a hog roast and other festive refreshments.

Don’t miss a visit from Father Christmas himself and seeing the entire village and harbour lit up.

The grand finale is a firework display to add even more sparkle to this opening event to the Clovelly Christmas season.

Entrance fee: £5 per car at the Visitor Centre after 3 pm. All proceeds to RNLI.

Clovelly Christmas Lights, Clovelly Village, 28 November 2021.

Christmas Nativity at Pennywell Farm – SOLD OUT

Fern the Donkey in stable at Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm’s magical nativity returns in 2021. You’ll be greeted by elves and transported back 2,000 years to a nativity scene starring animals from the farm.

There will be plenty of treats for young and old as well as a visit to meet Father Christmas in an enchanted forest. Every child will receive a special present.

If you are interested in going next year read out review of Christmas at Pennywell Farm.

Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, selected dates from 19 November to 24 December in 2021.

Festive weekends at The Milky Way Adventure Park

The Magic of Christmas is coming to the Milky Way this December. Journey through the magical snowy forest to meet Buzzlewick the Elf in the Elf Emporium, have a go a gingerbread decorating and make reindeer food.

Then visit Santa’s cosy Christmas Cottage to chat to the jolly fella himself and receive a special festive gift. Santa visits cost an additional £7.50 per child.

There will be a garland festooned train station with jolly with festive music and grab a hot chocolate to journey on the Festive Train. Santa’s naughty elves will also be at the Milky Way, so watch out for their mischievous antics!

Christmas activities will be happening on 11 and 12 December and in the week running up to Christmas Day.

The Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford, selected dates in December 2021.

Crealy festive celebrations

Crealy Mascots Buddy and Blossom Bear on ice skates

Crealy’s spectacular Christmas show returns to The Big Top this winter with a performance on ice and live entertainment in the park. Children will also be able to to pick their own present from Santa’s toy shop.

Last year’s Christmas Parade will also make a return to wish Santa well as he goes to prepare for his big night.

Take a look at our full guide to days out at Crealy Adventure Park.

Christmas at Crealy, Exeter, 27 November to 24 December 2021.

Carols in the Caves at Kents Cavern – SOLD OUT

Carols in the Caves is coming back in December 2021! Get into the festive spirit with this magical Christmas concert in the Vestibule Chamber before walking around the cave system singing carols by candlelight.

Finish with mulled wine or hot chocolate and festive treats in the Great Chamber.

The Yours In Harmony’ choir will perform carols and showcase festive songs underground. This unique experience lasts two hours.

Carols in the Caves, Kents Cavern, Torquay, 7, 9 and 16 December 2021.

Festive stay and play at Brickfields Sports Hall

There will be seven festive inflatables for children aged two to 12 to enjoy, including a rodeo reindeer, a snow globe and Christmas-themed helter skelter! Sessions are for 90 minutes and each paying child will be entitled to a free slush drink.

Fun-Tasia Inflatables, Brickfields Sports Hall, Plymouth, 18 to 20 December 2021.

Christmas fireworks and fun at The BIG Sheep

Take your little elves to The BIG Sheep for Christmas parties with Jiggy Wrigglers. There will be soft play, children’s shows and crafts. These toddler events take place between 5 and 10 December.

You can also head to The Big Sheep for a festive fireworks display this Christmas.

Buy tickets in advance for the BIG Christmas Bonfire where you’ll be able to toast marshmallows, spin your sparklers and enjoy a rocket display. You might even catch site of Santa sampling some the delicious festive food on offer.

The display happens on 18 December.

Book tickets for both events in advance.

The Big Sheep, Bideford, selected dates in December 2021.

Children’s Escape Room at The Plough Theatre

Can you help save Christmas? The year is 1788 and Isaac Gulliver, one of the greatest pirate smugglers in England and his band of ‘white wigs’ are stealing all the Christmas presents.

In this escape room suitable for primary aged children and up you have one hour to solve the clues and bring Gulliver’s smuggling days to an end!

Your one hour session can be booked for up to 10 people to take part.

The Plough Theatre, Great Torrington, 21 to 23 and 29 to 30 December 2021.

What’s on at National Trust properties in Devon this Christmas

Christmas at Killerton

Family stood in tunnel of fairy lights

A brand new, after-dark illuminated trail is on in the gardens at Killerton this Christmas.

See twinkling lights and hear the air filled with seasonal sounds around this National Trust property north of Exeter. Don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas along the way.

Find out what we thought about Killerton’s Christmas light trail after visiting during a press preview night.

Killerton National Trust, Cullompton, 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, Killerton

Don’t check my post on things to do in Devon this Winter to find more National Trust places to visit.

Devon Christmas markets and fairs in 2021

Child with drinks and hot dog at a Christmas market

What better way to enjoy the festive season than with a mulled cider and bratwurst while browsing locally produced gifts? Read my full guide to Christmas markets in Devon this year.

Family New Year parties in Devon

Here’s the best places to celebrate the new year with your kids:

Bubblicious family raves with the Soapbox Theatre, Plymouth – SOLD OUT

Join The Soapbox Theatre for a special family-friendly dance party to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

There will be a session for families with babies and for older kids with music lowered for little ears. Both events take place earlier in the day with the clocks reset so children can see in the New Year at their own ‘midnight’!

Guest DJ’s will play an eclectic mix of dance music from old skool to new skool. There will also be glow sticks, UV face painting, bubbles, walkabout performers, an arts and crafts chill-out area and lots more to keep everyone entertained.

For adults there will be a licensed bar.

Bubblicious, The Soapbox Theatre, Devonport, 31 December 2021.

Looking for more things to do between Christmas and New Year? Check out my guide to Twixmas in Devon.

Where to buy a Christmas tree in Devon

If Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a real tree here’s where to buy a Christmas tree in Devon:

Phew, what a lot there is going on this Christmas in Devon, even in 2021! What takes your fancy? I’m sure there’s events I’ve missed so please do get in touch if you think something should be added.

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Sunday 26th of September 2021

You left off The Soapbox Theatre in Devonport. They always do an amazing Xmas show

Claire Hall

Sunday 26th of September 2021

I believe they're going to send me the details so I can add them :)


Friday 20th of November 2020

Thank you, this is really helpful in planning kid activities this year ! X

Claire Hall

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi Lucy, you are very welcome. I'm glad you've found it useful.

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